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Re: Bug#908349: firefox-esr: no sound after upgrading from 52.9 to 60.2

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On Sun, Sep 09, 2018 at 10:24:30AM +0200, Rob van der Putten wrote:
> Hi there
> Note: A reply in bugs failed.
> On 09/09/18 10:08, Marco Lucidi wrote:
> > On Sat, 8 Sep 2018 21:41:11 +0200 Samuel Thibault <sthibault@debian.org>
> > wrote:
> >  > Unfortunately AIUI upstream has stopped supporting ALSA, so we
> are stuck
> >  > with pulseaudio for firefox.
> >
> > Is there any particular reason for pulseaudio not being listed in the
> > dependencies?
> > I mean, even if it's not a "core" dependency, I think it should be
> > listed in rec or at least in sug.
> Apparently there alternatives to pulseaudio. See;
> http://forums.debian.net/viewtopic.php?p=639534#p639534
> Does anyone know why ALSA is no longer supported? Does Firefox run
> in a chroot? How much work would it be to add ALSA support?

It seems to be intentional:


Personally, I couldn't care less: I consider my browser's inability
to make sounds a welcome *feature*, so not having Pulse (which is my
default) just naturally takes care of that.

Given the amount of passive-aggressive juice flowing there (in both
directions, mind you!), I guess it'll stay like that.

Perhaps you could convince Mozilla if you're able to summon up
enough devel power to take care of an alternative back-end (e.g.
"naked" ALSA), but I guess it would have to be somewhat credible.

Freedom sometimes sucks; the lack thereof always sucks :)

- -- tomás
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